Fikayo Tomori shared how close he was to joining West Ham United from Chelsea in the summer, when speaking to the Telegraph.
Sky Sports reported in the summer transfer window that David Moyes wanted to bring the 23-year-old to the London Stadium.
Tomori, who earns £75k-a-week according to Sportekz, ended up staying at Stamford Bridge, however.
The centre-back did leave Chelsea in the end, joining AC Milan on loan in January until the end of the season.
The Italian giants have an option to buy Tomori for around £25m in the summer (Telegraph).
Fikayo Tomori could have joined West Ham
The Hammers ended up signing Craig Dawson on loan from Watford instead. And incredibly, the 30-year-old now looks like one of the signings of the season.
Tomori sat down to chat to the Telegraph and opened up on just how close he came to joining West Ham four months ago:
“I was ready to go and I wasn’t allowed to because the manager said I was in his plans. Then, a few hours before the deadline, I got a call saying the manager had said I could go to West Ham and it was a shock because this hadn’t been in the conversation at all. I like to think I’m pretty logical and I think things through and, together with my dad and my agent, my plan had been that if Everton didn’t happen, I had to be prepared to stay at Chelsea. By the time the West Ham offer came, it was too late to just switch that mentality with no time to think about it.”
Tomori had to leave Chelsea in order to fulfil his potential.
He would have been a solid addition for West Ham. As things stand now, however, it’s probably a good thing that we didn’t sign him.
If there is one area of the Hammers squad that is very well stocked it is the centre-back department.
Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Fabian Balbuena have all been superb this season. Issa Diop seemed to be nearly back to his best on Monday night against Sheffield United as well.
This is one of the near misses that West Ham fans will actually not be too bothered about.